How to choose the right grass for your lawn

The fundamental structure of a garden is based on a lush rolling lawn. Here's what you need to know about choosing the right grass for your outdoor space.

How to choose the right grass for your lawn

Distinguishing between lawn grasses

Most lawn grasses are known either as cool-season (for Canada and the northern and mountain regions of the U.S., Zones 3 through 6) or warm-season (for the southern half to third of the U.S., Zones 7 through 10).

  • Talk to your local nursery or garden centre about the best grass or combination of grasses for your lawn.

Consider the popular Kentucky bluegrass

With its attractive blue-green hue, Kentucky bluegrass is the most popular cool-season grass.

  • It is a moderate-wearing grass that grows best in areas with mild summers and ample rainfall.
  • It mixes well with other cool-season grasses, include rye and fescues, which improves bluegrass in areas where it falls short: its weakness in shade, drought tolerance and wearability.

What you need to know about perennial rye

  • Most often mixed with Kentucky bluegrass.
  • Deep green and glossy, it sprouts quickly, grows in clumps and has shallow root systems.
  • Perennial rye, a tough customer, adds disease resistance and improves the wearability of other grasses.

Know the types of Fescue

  • Red fescue starts as a fine-textured bunch grass that develops into a solid mat of narrow, deep-green leaves. It performs well in dry soils and in sun and shade; it has deep roots but recovers slowly from damage, such as high traffic. And it doesn't like clay. Hard fescue is slower-growing and does not root as deeply, but requires little maintenance. Both fescues are best used in mixtures with other grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass.
  • A fine fescue such as 'Highlight Chewings' is medium green and fine-bladed. Moderately disease-resistant, it tolerates low mowing, which is fatal to most fescues.

With careful selection and regular maintenance, your grass will become a long-lived asset in your home's landscape. Consider these tips before selecting your grass and create a thriving lawn today.

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